Archive for the ‘Project Updates’ Category

You Can Change Lives In The DR Congo

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

ICC is blessed to have supporters who are willing to act when they see that “His Kids” have a pressing need. And that they want to provide a way for others of our supporters to join them in relieving these needs. Recently we published a story in our newsletters concerning shortfalls in the operating budget for our Patmos Children’s Village in the DR Congo. Because of the budget issues our staff were only able to feed our children two meals a day.

Children of ICC's Patmos Children's Village

You can make a significant difference in the daily lives of these children and at the same time double your donation! Please read the article to find out how.

This was a not an acceptable situation for one of our supporters. She quickly emailed Doug Congleton, ICC’s executive director, about ways to close the gaps in the Patmos budget. Thanks to this amazing lady’s efforts a revolving matching fund has been created in which you may participate.

Each month, this rotating matching fund will double your donation until a monthly total of one thousand dollars in donations has been acquired. That means that each month your contributions to our Patmos operating budget—regardless of the amount—can become as much as $2000.

This is not an opportunity to be missed. You can make a significant difference for our children at Patmos by becoming a regular contributor to this matching fund. Please contact ICC today and let us know that you want to double the power of your donation to “His Kids” living at our Patmos Children’s Village.

Thanks for reading!

Ken Wilson
Media Director ICC

Record Cold In Romania Brings Suffering.

Monday, February 13th, 2012

If you’ve seen recent news reports about the extreme winter weather in Europe you understand that the situation for many people is quite grim. It has recently taken a toll on ICC’s project in Romania as well. The campus greenhouse has been extensively damaged as a result of the heavy snowfall.

We don’t have information yet about the extent of the damage and whether or not the structure can be salvaged and repaired. We’ll pass along those details once they are available.

A photo of ICC Romania's greenhouse which collapsed under heavy snowfall in February 2012

ICC Romania's greenhouse which collapsed under record, heavy snowfall. To date, some areas of Romania have received 15 feet of snow.

A photo of the ICC Romania campus covered in snow

Taken on February 6, this photo shows about a foot of snow covering the ICC Romania campus. At the time this blog was posted the snow accumulation had reached three feet. More than 500 people have died in Eastern Europe during this record cold spell that has extended from Russia to England.

On Monday, February 13, Gabriela Costache sent an e-mail regarding the situation in Romania. Here is an excerpt:

The situation here is not good, it is snowing since yesterday and now the snow in the city of Buzau is about 1 meter… [It is] the same in Odobesti and all over the country. And the sad news is that it is going to snow until Thursday. Please, pray for Romania!

I hope God will protect the project. They have all they need and starting with tomorrow the schools are closed. They [the children] will stay home. They have enough bread and flour and yeast in case they cannot buy stuff, because now, with this situation, the food is very expensive.

All the routes are closed in the country and there are many people who died without food or drink.

Last week they changed the government… and during all this time, they didn’t have time for the people. Only this week-end they started to help…

Please pray for ICC’s project in Romania and especially for the children and staff as the struggle against this cold winter storm system.

Thank you,

Kent Greve
Director International Development ICC

The Lights Are Up In Romania

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Recently we were fortunate to be given the opportunity to acquire lighting, at no cost, for the new commercial bakery being built at the ICC Romania Children’s Village. The only catch was that our crew from IKN in The Netherlands had to provide the labor to remove the lights. So über volunteer Dimitri Triantos spent two days extracting the light fixtures.

Once the fluorescent fixtures had been removed IKN shipped them to our Romanian project where they have now been installed into the drop ceiling for the bakery. Thirty-three of these fixtures were sent to and installed in Romania.

One of the lighting fixtures after being installed in the ICC Romania bakery

One of the lighting fixtures after being installed in the ICC Romania bakery

We were informed by our staff in Romania that getting these fixtures without having to purchase them locally created a significant savings in material costs for the construction of the bakery. Typically these types of fixtures cost $120.00 each. That’s $3960.00 our staff in Romania will be able use in other ways to support the children.

One the light fixtures installed with the finished ceiling at the ICC Romania bakery

One the light fixtures installed with the finished ceiling at the ICC Romania bakery

Thanks to IKN and Dimitri for providing the lights for our bakery project at ICC Romania.

Thanks for reading!

Ken Wilson
Media Director ICC

New Commercial Bakery at ICC Romania Project Slated for Summer of 2012 Completion

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Work continues on the bakery at ICC Romania’s children’s village. Currently, a drop ceiling is being installed. Materials for the ceiling were donated by a sponsor in Romania who also gave technical training on its installation.

Photo of new drop ceiling being installed in ICC Romania bakery

New drop ceiling being installed in ICC Romania's new commercial bakery

During the first part of 2012, our Dutch partner office will be raising funds for the equipment and machinery that is needed. If anyone is interested in providing funds for the machines please contact the ICC office at 800-422-7729.

ICC Congo Erosion Control Project Successfully Completed

Friday, January 27th, 2012

In 2010 and 2011 Desire Murhima and his team worked hard to fight a severe erosion problem at the ICC Patmos Children’s Village. With the financial support of our ICC Europe Chapters and Offices they were able to successfully combat the problem. Canals to control water flow during heavy rain along with small bridges were constructed and new trees and grass was planted. Desire wishes to thank all the donors for their support.

Photo of one of the erosion control canals at the ICC Patmos Children's Village

One of the erosion control canals at the ICC Patmos Children's Village

This year, 2012, Desire wants to expand the project into other parts of the village. The need for erosion control in those areas is not as imperative as it was where erosion control was installed, but still this needs to be done.

Photo of one of the erosion control canals with a bridge across the canal at ICC's Patmos Children's Village

Another view of one of the erosion control canals

ICC Romania Supports Their Neighbors Through A Lighthouse Program

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

There is a big need in the area where our ICC Romania children’s village is located. In that area live approximately 5000 people 40% of whom live in extreme poverty. ICC Romania finds it important to help where ever they can. In cooperation with ICC Netherlands ICC Romania gave out 250 food packages the first week of December 2011.

Photo of some of the families who received food packages

Some of the families who received food packages

In November 2011, 750 shoe boxes were given away to the pupils of the local elementary schools. ICC Romania works closely with the local government, which contributes to a very good relations with our neighbors.

Photo of some of the kids who received shoe boxes from ICC Netherlands

Some of the kids who received shoe boxes from ICC Netherlands

32nd Anniversary Celebration For Los Pinos

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

October 28-30, we were celebrating the 32nd anniversary of our Los Pinos Children’s Village. We had some of our children visiting us, including Salvador Asicona, Manuel Lopez, Esteban Paredes (son of Berta Ochoa), Alex Gonzales and others. It was an unforgettable experience and we enjoyed having them with us.

Alumni of Los Pinos gather for the 32nd anniversary.

Alumni of Los Pinos gather for the 32nd anniversary

Joel Carpio
Administrator Los Pinos Children’s Village

The Perspectives of an ICC Student Missionary: Naomi/El Salvador

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

One of our student missionaries in El Salvador sent me this letter concerning the torrential rains that occurred in El Salvador during October 2011. I thought I’d share her experience with you.

Noami with two chidren from ICC El Salvador

Naomi (center) who is a student missionary at ICC's project in El Salvador

“Last week [October 9–20, 2011] a terrible storm hit most of El Salvador [60 inches of rain]. Many people lost their homes, valuables, clothing, shelter and food. I joined the campus Pathfinder club and some ICC El Salvador staff to give out food and clothes in a nearby village.

Photo of a flooded road in El Salvador

Typical flooding from the October 2011 rains in El Salvador

“When we got to the church at which we were to volunteer, I saw such a long line of men, women and children! Practically everyone in that town had nothing left to their names. It was such a sad experience to see little kids with shorts on even thought the night had been cold and they each had hungry looks on their faces.

Photo of people waiting for food and clothing during the relief efforts after the Oct 2011 rains in El Salvador

People waiting for food and clothing being distributed by our staff members and Pathfinders from ICC El Salvador

“As we passed out the food and the drinks, the people said, ‘Let’s give a round of applause to Seventh-day Adventist church group!’ And they started to clap for us; it was so touching to see how grateful they were with what little we could give them.

Staff members from ICC El Salvador distribute food to people who lost their homes due to flooding resulting from Oct 2011 torrential rains in El Salvador

ICC El Salvador Pathfinders and staff members serve food to people displaced by flooding from torrential rains in El Salvador during October 2011

“We left the people well-fed and with warm clothes on their backs. I was SO proud of the ICC kids that came to volunteer. By some standards, these kids don’t have much themselves, but they were still willing to share with those who had lost everything.

“As I was passing out drinks, I overheard two men from the church talking about me in Spanish. They were saying, ‘She can’t be a missionary, she is way too young.’

“After a while of listening to this, I approached them and asked why they thought I was too young to be a student missionary. I explained that although I look young, I am 19. Even if I was very young, what did that matter if God wanted to use me?

“The look on their faces was priceless! They thought I couldn’t understand/speak Spanish. So they began apologizing and said they agreed with me, if God wanted to use a young person, why couldn’t a young person be used? I assured them they hadn’t offended me.”

ICC is in the business of letting God use those He has called to serve. Please contact us today if you are interested in allowing God to use your gifts.

Thanks for reading!

Lori Manley
ICC International Social Worker

Do ICC’s Children Absorb the Christian Lifestyle Around Them?

Monday, October 31st, 2011

The phone rang at our ICC project in Romania. Simona, our administrator, answered it. The voice on the other end was the mother of two children who have lived with us for more than eleven years. She had requested to visit before, but rarely followed through in showing up.

She lives most of the time outside the country but has tried to maintain phone contact with her children. At times she had sent care packages, but the clothing was often too small. This time she wanted to take the children shopping to ensure the sizes would be correct.

Simona began mentally processing how to talk to Mioara & Zachery this time, as they had often been disappointed when their mother failed to visit as she promised. Without checking the calendar, Simona offhandedly said the requested date would work.

The mother then called the home where her children live and spoke with her daughter, Mioara. The housemother was in the kitchen and overheard the conversation. Mioara and Zachery’s mother said that she was coming to take them shopping in a few weeks.

When she informed Mioara of the date, she responded, “Mrs. Simona wouldn’t have given you permission to take me, as it is a Sabbath day.” Her mother responded that she had just gotten off the phone with Mrs. Simona and had indeed received permission for that specific day. There was a pause and a deep breath. Then Mioara replied, “Even if Mrs. Simona did give you permission to take us shopping on that day, I will not go. It is my Sabbath.”

There are times when working with children can be challenging, and we wonder if we are making a difference. We pray this story will reassure our ICC family of staff and supporters that our children are listening, processing and making decisions for themselves on how they will posture themselves toward Christianity. Thank you, Lord, for this victory in Mioara’s life!

And what of the shopping trip? Mioara’s mother changed the outing to the following day—Sunday.

Thanks for reading!

Lori Manley
ICC Social Worker

ICC Romania Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Twenty years seems like a long time for many things any more. Reaching such a milestone is always a cause for celebration and reflection upon the events that have transpired over those intervening years. For twenty years now ICC has been working in Romania ever since Alcyon Fleck first initiated ICC’s presence in Eastern Europe in 1991.

ICC Romania's staff, children, and attendees of the 20th anniversary celebration pose for a group picture

ICC Romania's staff, children, and attendees of the 20th anniversary celebration gather for a group picture.

Originally ICC’s work involved providing support for a thousand poor and indigent families in the city of Bucharest. In 1998 we were able to establish our children’s village with the acquisition of a former communist cooperative farm where the first renovated building becoming our receiving center.

In 2003 we opened our first children’s home. Since then we’ve added two more children’s homes, administrative offices and housing, a guest house for volunteer groups, greenhouses and we are nearly finished with our on-campus commercial bakery.

Gabriela Necula, [left] ICC Romania's development director, presents three of ICC Romania's original children to those attending the 20th anniversary celebration.

Gabriela Necula, (left) ICC Romania's development director, presents three of ICC Romania's original children to those attending the 20th anniversary celebration.

On October 16, 2011, ICC Romania held a celebration to mark the first twenty years of ICC’s work with the Romanian people. Representatives from ICC’s home and European offices attended the celebration along with all those who are currently serving and many who have served locally with ICC Romania.

Lambro Triantos, ICC’s regional director for Europe, reported to us that the afternoon event went very well despite having to move the celebration indoors due to advancing inclement weather. Lambro also told us that the program included several speakers and presentations and that the best part of the day was when ICC’s children’s choir sang several beautiful songs.

ICC Romania's children's choir sings at ICC Romania's 20th anniversary celebration

ICC Romania's children's choir sings at ICC Romania's 20th anniversary celebration.

Thanks to all of you who are supporting and who have supported ICC and ICC’s Romanian project for these past twenty years. It is because of you that the children and families of ICC Romania have a home where they can live the life they truly deserve.

Thanks for reading!

Ken Wilson
Media Director ICC